Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Buffon admits 'went too far' with Oliver (3)


Turin, May 17 - Juve goalie and skipper Gianluigi
Buffon on Thursday admitted he had "gone too far" in jostling
and shouting at ref Michael Oliver when he awarded Real Madrid a
last-minute penalty that qualified them for the Champions League
semi-finals last month.
He said he had also gone too far in saying Oliver had a
"trash can for a heart" in making the decision after Juve had
looked to be heading for extra time after overturning a
three-goal deficit.
"In the night of Madrid off the field I certainly went too
far and I'm extremely sorry," he said.
"If I had met the ref Oliver two days later I would have
embraced him, asking for his forgiveness, confirming however
that he could have been a bit less stern for such an important
match for us and for myself personally. But I don't bear any
On May 11 UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings over Buffon's
outburst against Oliver after he gave Real Madrid the
93rd-minute penalty in their April 11 Champions League
quarterfinal second leg at the Bernebeu.
UEFA said the proceedings would examine Buffon's straight red
for insulting and jostling ref Michael Oliver, and his
statements after the game in which he said Oliver had a "trash
can for a heart".
The case will be heard on May 31 by UEFA's Control, Ethics
and Disciplinary Commission, European soccer's ruling body said.
Buffon said the day after that Oliver "has a trash cannister
for a heart" after the controversial last-gasp penalty sent the
Turin giants out of the tournament.
The match looked set to go to extra time after the Serie A
champions staged a stunning comeback, going ahead 3-0 on the
night to pull level on aggregate, thanks to a double by Mario
Mandzukic and a Blaise Matuidi goal stemming from a blunder by
Real's goalkeeper.
But Juve's hopes were dashed when Real's Cristiano Ronaldo
converted a penalty deep into stoppage time after Lucas Vazquez
went down when challenged from behind by Medhi Benatia.
Buffon was sent off for protesting against the spot kick in
what may well be his last European game as the Italy great is
quitting the game at the end of the season.
An April 16, five days after the match, FIFA refereeing
supreme Massimo Busacca scolded Buffon for saying Oliver should
have thought of the moment in the match when he gave the 92nd
minute penalty.
"The ref is a job where you have to decide in less than
a second and you can't think about many things," Busacca told
Premium Sport over a decision many Bianconeri fans thought was
wrong but most neutrals deemed correct.
"It's like for goalkeepers, you have to save with your
instinct without thinking, and it's the same for us.
"We have to focus on the decision of the moment, which is
already tough to take."
Buffon said Oliver should have been more "sensitive" to the
moment in the match.

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